Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Springerville, AZ, completes Small Community Environmental Protection Plan

Springerville, Arizona became the state’s third municipality to develop a Small Community Environmental Protection Plan (SCEPP), which will enable the town to provide better environmental benefits to its residents
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Ohio EPA calls for early stakeholder input on beneficial use designation revisions

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is seeking early stakeholder input as it prepares to revise the beneficial use designation rules for the Maumee River, Sandusky River, Great Miami River, Portage River and Muskingum River drainage basins.
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WV DEP approves cleanup plan for former zinc smelting site in Harrison County

An environmental cleanup plan for West Virginia’s Spelter Smelter site, located in Harrison County, recently gained approval from the West Virginia Department Environmental Protection (DEP), advancing the former zinc smelting site’s restoration.
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Boxer slams Republicans for advancing Bipartisan Sportsman Act with provisions potentially threatening public health

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) vowed to block the Bipartisan Sportsmen Act after a Republican majority in the Environment and Public Works Committee, of which she is a ranking member, advanced the bill despite provisions that potentially threaten public health.
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Navy, USDA launch Great Green Fleet with deployment of ships running on alternative fuel

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently launched the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG), part of the Great Green Fleet, at California’s Naval Air Station North Island.
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ADEQ recognizes 12 new members of its Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) highlighted 12 new members of its Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP), which promotes organizations that take on environmental responsibilities beyond those required by state and federal law.
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Boxer lauds EPW advancement of Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, applauded the EPW’s advancement of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2015, for which she is a co-sponsor.
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Portman applauds advancement of Great Lakes funding bill

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), vice-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, recently applauded the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee advancement of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which he co-authored with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
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Rhode Island DEM announced availability of $400,000 in farming grants

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) recently announced that nearly $400,000 is now available to small businesses through the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) and the Farm Viability Gran Program.
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EPA selects Johnston, Iowa for WaterCARE program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently selected Johnston, Iowa, and nine other communities from across the country to be a part of the Water Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence (WaterCARE) program, which provides assistance for drinking water and wastewater planning.
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Competitive Enterprise Institute submits public comments on CPP Model Federal Implementation Plan

Twenty-two non-profit organizations recently submitted public comments, prepared by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), on the Model Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy.
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EPA implements innovative nutrient pollution prevention methods in five Cape Cod communities

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast New England Program for coastal watershed restoration (SNEP) recently began fieldwork in five Cape Cod communities to try to reduce harmful nutrient levels through innovative measures like a permeable reactive barrier (PRB).
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EPA advises flood-affected Missourians on lead-safe renovation efforts

Following recent flooding in Missouri, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised those living in communities undertaking emergency renovations to take precautions when dealing with homes potentially containing lead paint.
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Washington Department of Ecology accepting public comments on Cle Elum shoreline management Plan

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is now accepting public comments on the shoreline management plan for Cle Elum, which impacts the shorelines of the Cle Elum and Yakima Rivers within the city.
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Ohio EPA announces progress in reducing lead levels in Sebring

Recent samples taken by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) demonstrate progress being made in the Village of Sebring’s water quality, with reduced levels of lead being attributed to changes in the village’s water chemistry to reduce corrosiveness.
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Chamber of Commerce supports Circuit Court decision to expedite lawsuit over EPA's Clean Power Plan

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy President and CEO Karen Harbert recently declared the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to expedite legal review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan a victory for her organization.
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Feinstein releases discussion draft of California drought relief bill

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently released a discussion draft of a drought relief bill for her home state of California, which includes short-term provisions to promote efficiency during the current drought and long-term provisions to improve the state’s resiliency.
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Boxer writes op-ed on importance of laws protecting public health

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, recently penned an op-ed for Huffington Post underscoring the importance of laws protecting American water quality and criticizing Republican committee members for trying to weaken them.
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Selma, Alabama to receive funding, technical guidance through EPA WaterCARE program

Selma, Alabama will receive financial and technical guidance in developing its drinking water and wastewater infrastructure from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Community Assistance for Resiliency and Excellence (WaterCARE) program.
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Collins celebrates Corps reversal on irrigation ban policy

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) recently spoke with Brigadier General Turner from the Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Decision, who announced revised implementations of shoreline management plans in some Georgia counties will be suspended.
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